As the creator of Eastside Longboards founded in 2004, I've seen the longboard industry boom! And I'm very ecstatic to be a part of it's amazing growth over the years. And stoked to see this new platform here for all those intrigued by my brand and what I do. If you are a fan already, then you know all about our signature models, the Tabor, Rocky Bomber, and Carbon DropKick. For this year we released 2 new models called the Blazer and Mach 3. Here's the nuts and bolts on them, and what inspired us to create the specifics of each. Look for more project posts on each of them showing how they performed in action by our team riders and myself. I came up with the Blazer as our first drop-down board having this lowered platform to place your feet into for many advantages and a great feel. I wanted it to handle any speed, slide well, and be offered in a drop-thru version for a really low ride for push racing and commuting. The graphic was inspired by the feeling of blazing lava and fire mixed with our updated logo and font. Team rider Eric Hovey's day job is a graphic designer at Nike. Hi talent has always been the driving force for Eastside's branding image. I also wanted the Blazer to fit the biggest of wheels with no wheel-bite. And was designed to fit one of the biggest available, 83mm Flywheels which are center set. Most other wheels are off-set and smaller so that was the test, if they can fit those then most any other wheel is golden on here. The Blazer has angled edges that many call gas-pedals. I prefer to call them brake-pedals or gnar bars because they allow more leverage on your slides, making them smoother with more control. Anyone who doesn't think so is in straight denial or has never tried a slide on a board with them The Mach 3 is our other new model completely different than the Blazer. It's the board of the times, being able to do it all is what every skater/longboarder wants these days including myself. I wanted it to have just enough wheel-base (23") to handle most hills up to 40mph, lots of concave to stay super locked in, and those amazing angled edges to bust out quick and controlled pre-drifts. And a sweet fish tail shape with curved cuts into the sides of the tail to lock your back foot into for a wider stance and/or stand-up slides. Also added a bit of belly rocker that makes the middle of the board lower to the ground which is nice for pushing and a more stable feel. Once I rode an early prototype, I was hooked and made more for all our riders to thrash on for many months before the final version was released. As our most highly anticipated board, I kept on delaying the release date just to make sure the jury was in on all fronts. And that there just wasn't anything else we could to to make it better. Eric did the graphic which plays on the theme of the speed of sound with a sound wave worked into the graphic. Mixed with the flaming burn and discoloring of the nose, tail, and edges caused by rocketing through the atmosphere. The Mach 3 is something special and its history comes from two previous versions called the Mach 1 and 2 that were in production from 2004-2008. The only similarity they have to the Mach 3 is characteristics of speed and agility... I hope that if you are reading this you have experienced one or two of these boards, and have gotten the same pleasure as we have riding. And if you haven't yet then there's still time, you won't regret it!
Post Created: October 10, 2013
A bunch of fun and goofy Portland area riders - Aidian O'leyne, Eric Hovey, Robin McGuirk, Dan Thatcher, Nick Calafato, John Bergman
39.5" Length / 10.2" width / 30.5" Wheelbase / 5/8" drop-down / 27" Effective Foot Platform (EFP) / 9 ply maple / Radial 1/2" concave with angled edges. Available in Drop-Through or Top-Mount.
37" Length / 9.75" width / 22-23" wheelbase / 6" tail / 3.5" nose / .25" belly rocker / 8 ply maple / Radial 5/8" concave with angled edges in back. Well placed wheel-wells for wheels up to 72mm with no riser.
Jorge Baco lives and skates daily on his home island Peurto Rico. And has been loving the Mach 3 for the last several months!
Fred Hudson lives and skates in Charlotte, North Carolina. His go to board is the Rocky Bomber but he loves the quick snappy slides of the Mach 3, a master stand-up slider!
The Blazer prototype being tested at Mt.Tabor in Portland, OR.
The second of three Mach 3 prototypes being tested on Mt.Tabor and fun hills of Happy Valley, OR.